Review: David’s Tea Chai Guarana

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Thumbs up!"This is great for those that like a very spicy chai blend. If spice scares you off in any way, then this is not for you."
Laura’s Teaview: 7/10
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davidteachaiguarana.jpg"Add a little guarana to high-quality black tea that's flavoured with ginger, cinnamon and anis, and you've got a seriously tasty burst of energy. Guarana is a tropical berry filled with guaranine, which is similar to caffeine. So it wakes you up, gives you endurance and, some say, acts as an aphrodisiac. You'll definitely fall in love with it, either as a plain black tea or steeped in hot milk." ---David's Tea website.

This is one of those samples that I've been hanging onto for awhile and sort have been putting off drinking it and writing up a review. I'm really not sure why as I am a chai girl--maybe it's because of the guarana and I often review teas at night? A couple of observations from the look of my dry sample. First this smells kinda spicy and appears to have lots of ginger and cinnamon. Also, I do not see any clove in this and I swear I can smell pepper. Next, this does have anise in it and I am known to dislike anything that has more than a touch of anise in it. Finally, the black tea leaves seem to be kinda scarce and especially in comparison to the amount of other ingredients. This is a very brown looking chai.

The aroma of the wet blend is also very spicy smelling, which is not necessarily a bad thing to me. I do enjoy a nice spicy chai. This brews to a nice dark brown color and the taste is all cinnamon and ginger to my buds. When I say that, I mean it is VERY cinnamon and ginger so if you are not crazy about one of those ingredients, then you probably will not like this much. The cinnamon greets your mouth first and it is a nicely done cinnamon that makes me think of cinnamon toast. Just as you get the idea that this is a dessert cinnamon chai you are introduced to a strong, zesty bite of ginger. While I thought I smelled pepper in this blend, I cannot really identify any in the taste with certainty so I guess I dispell that idea. This appears to have a nice strong black tea base, and if I were to take a stab at it, I would guess an Irish Breakfast tea base? I say that because it reminds me of the black tea base used in Merkaba's Rolling Thunder. After a few sips, I decided add a splash of milk so as to complete the chai experience. The milk really does tone down the spice load nicely and curbs the bite of the ginger to a more acceptable level. Yes, this indeed takes milk well.

This is a great blend for those that like a very spicy chai blend. If spice scares you off in any way, then this is not for you. It does take milk nicely, but even with the milk it still rates pretty high on the spice scale, which I rather like. I would rate this higher if it had a little clove because to me, a chai is missing something without the clove. However, overall I enjoyed my cup and wouldn't turn it down if you offered me another. Even if you have no interest in this blend, David's Tea has a beautifully done website and some unique blends so it is worth the trip to spend a couple minutes checking out their website.

— To purchase David’s Tea Chai Guarana, or for more specific information on ingredients or the story behind this particular tea, click here to go directly to the manufacturer's web site.

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